'Not content with the usual impossible campaign promises, Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden has promised to cure cancer if he’s elected, raising eyebrows on social media.
“I’ve worked so hard in my career, that I promise you, if I’m elected president you’re gonna see the single most important thing that changes America, we’re gonna cure cancer,” Biden told a crowd in Ottumwa, Iowa on Tuesday.
While the fight against cancer is personal for Biden – his son Beau died of glioblastoma in 2015 – the out-of-left-field promise did little to shore up confidence in the candidate, who appears to be self-destructing in the face of a seemingly-endless parade of skeletons from his political closet.
While vice president under Barack Obama, Biden worked on the administration’s “Cancer Moonshot,” which was supposed to fit 10 years of “advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment” into five. While such a goal is conveniently impossible to evaluate, he would at least have learned how cancer research works, especially since he founded the Biden Cancer Initiative after leaving the White House. That he’d make such a bizarre promise despite his experience confused many on social media.
As a former cancer czar, Joe Biden must know that cancer isn't one disease with a single cure. Why is he talking like this?
— Lindsay Beyerstein (@beyerstein) June 11, 2019
I'm choosing to interpret this as "Joe Biden currently possesses a secret cure for cancer but won't release it unless elected president of the united states" https://t.co/FN1TiB9pC5
— Sam Biddle (@samfbiddle) June 11, 2019
Others pointed out the irony of Biden – whom the media has pushed as the “pragmatic” candidate, and voices as diverse as Ralph Nader, Donald Trump and the New York Times have referred to as Hillary Clinton 2.0 – promising the impossible.'
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